What Tibet Needs Is A Political Party



Church, State

If the Tibetan diaspora does not have the sense and the guts to engineer a church and state separation within itself, they are throwing the Tibetan protesters to the dogs inside China. They might as well ask to call off the protests.

Nothing prevents the Tibetan diaspora from organizing a political party. Call it the Tibet People's Party or something.

Puppy Love With The Dalai Lama

I am on record saying I am fond of him, he is the ultimate, I am a Buddhist, he is bigger than the Pope. But he is a religious leader, a spiritual guide, at most he may give political advice. But political leadership has to be separate, elected.

Politically speaking what's the difference between His Holiness and Fidel Castro? The Dalai Lama went into exile in 1959, I believe. And he has been the political leader of the Tibetan diaspora ever since. There is something very wrong in that picture. He should have had to face at least 10 elections by now, but he has not, neither has Castro.

Doomed

Unless the diaspora engineers this separation, the movement in Tibet is doomed. It is only a matter of time before the protests are snuffed out. It is very hard to ignite a mass movement. So it is a great tragedy when a mass movement is sent to waste because people who could did not make the right political moves.

Clear Goal

That political party will have to say very clearly that it does not want Tibet to become a separate country. That party will also have to say it believes Taiwan is a part of China. And then the goal becomes that China grant Tibet the status of a federal state with its own parliament and competing political parties. Legalizing that Tibetan political party becomes the primary goal. Then we are talking. Right now we are not talking.

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Reaching Out To Taiwan

Taiwan is in a much better position to help Tibet than any other land mass. Not India, not America can help Tibet like Taiwan can. So much so that the Tibetans might as well moving their Dharmashala to Taiwan.

The Tibetan political party will have to enter into all the top political parties in Taiwan to try and engineer a common plank that as long as China agrees to become a federal, multi-party democracy of state funded parties, Taiwan will agree to become just another state inside that federal China.

You put that state funded parties part to give a very clear message that the idea is not to demolish the Chinese Communist Party. You give them wiggle room. Otherwise all attempts will be non-starters.

Agitate

Then you agitate. First you organize a political party. Then you come up with political clarity. Then you build a strong coalition with the parties in Taiwan. Then you agitate. At that point not just Tibet and Taiwan, but the rest of China might also join you. And then the CCP will have no option but to give in.

I can't think of a better use of the Olympic games than turning China into a democracy, although a democracy with Chinese characteristics.

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